Research Associate in Ecotoxicological Exposure Assessment
University of York Department of Environment and Geography
United Kingdom

Research Associate in Ecotoxicological Exposure Assessment

Department:Environment and Geography
Based at:University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work:Full-time
Contract status:Fixed term
Salary:32,817 a year
Posted Date:09/03/2021
Apply by:09/04/2021
Job Reference:9210

Role Description

Environment and Geography

We are seeking a Research Associate in Ecotoxicological Exposure Assessment to work on an NERC-funded project involving the University of York, the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and the University of Aberdeen. The project is exploring the uptake and effects of chemical pollutants, arising from legacy waste sites, in coastal food chains and will deliver a risk assessment framework that can be used in the future to inform management decisions. The position will be based in the Environment and Geography Department which is a leading centre for teaching and research on sustainable solutions to the world's environmental issues.


Working in a small team of environmental chemists, ecotoxicologists and ecologists, you will be responsible for developing and evaluating a pollutant exposure model to predict the uptake of chemicals from water and sediment into fish, phytoplankton and zooplankton and then the transfer into European shags. The model will operate at high spatial and temporal resolutions and be able to simulate a wide range of pollutants types including persistent organic pollutants, pharmaceuticals, metals and microplastics. The position would therefore suit individuals with an interest in ecotoxicological modelling, chemical exposure assessment or spatial ecological modelling.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • PhD that has included work involving ecotoxicological modelling or environmental exposure modelling to chemicals or spatial ecological modelling or equivalent  experience
  • Knowledge and hands on experience in ecotoxicological, environmental exposure and spatial modelling of chemical contaminants in the environment.
  • Highly developed communication skills to engage effectively with a wide ranging audience, both orally and in writing, using a range of media
  • Ability to write up research work for publication in high profile journals and engage in public dissemination
  • Competency to make presentations at conferences or exhibit work in other appropriate events
  • Skilled in ecotoxicological or ecological modelling and/or exposure modelling methodologies

Interview date:  April 2021

For informal enquiries: please contact (contact name) on (contact details) Alistair Boxall, email:

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